Posted on April 17th, 2014
By Rebecca Hermance for Flourish
Do you have a list of projects saved up for the summer months? One of the biggest items at the top of my list this summer is to paint the exterior of our house. Keeping the exterior of your home in good shape lengthens the life of your home and maintains property value.
The most fun part of this upcoming project has been deciding on colors. Our home is currently a creamy off white with black trim. I would like to update the colors to reflect our personalities and tie in better with the interior design. When choosing exterior paint colors, this is what I recommend:
- Observe other houses when you are out driving. Take alternate routes home from work so you can see houses in different areas of town. Note what stands out to you. While taking a short drive to put a cranky baby to sleep, I came across a cute gray house with bright orange doors and a natural wood stair railing. I love the fun, upbeat feeling of the home and want to recreate that expression with our own home.
- Pay attention to undertones in colors. For example, some grays appear more blue, some appear more green, and some even have a touch of brown. If you are trying to make your home appear cozier, look for colors with warm undertones. If you want it to appear brighter or more vibrant, look for cool undertones.
- Use Adobe Photoshop or a free online program to “mock-up” what the colors will look like on your own house. Take a clear photo of your house and play around with several different variations. While you’re at it, try a few different door colors to add a little pizzaz.
- Look in magazines or online for exterior images. Sometimes they will even tell you the exact colors that were used. It never hurts to get samples and test them, as computer screens and magazines do not always represent the colors accurately. You don’t want to buy several gallons of paint that are slightly different than the color in the photo. Which leads to the next tip …
- Buy samples! This may be the biggest factor in your overall happiness with the end result. Repainting a wall or two inside your house is one thing, but repainting the entire exterior of your home is quite another. A $4 sample pot of paint or two is so worth any time and extra effort. Paint swatches on at least the most visible sides of your house and look at them at different times of the day. Paint will look different on a cloudy day than on a sunny day, so make sure you like it in both scenarios.
Above all, don’t be afraid to try something a little different from the normal. Let your home represent your personality a bit, and you will be much happier with the results of your time and energy.
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